The Future is Local

Scottish Community Alliance, is organising a ‘Community Day’ – The Future Is Local – in the Scottish Parliament on Friday 26th April  a first for the community sector in Scotland – at which representatives from all parts of the community sector and from all parts of Scotland will gather in the Scottish Parliament. See draft programme below.

The day will offer a mixture of debate and discussion on some of the key issues facing Scotland’s communities as well as providing an opportunity to celebrate our many achievements. The event will be using the Main Chamber and the Parliament’s Committee Rooms during the day.

There will be a total of about 250 representatives from across Scottish Community Alliance’s member networks.  

SCCAN has a very limited allocation of places but more may become available. If you would like to attend to represent your community organisation, please get in touch as soon as possible:

There are a limited number of bursaries available for those needing assistance with accommodation and travel expenses.

Outline Draft Programme

9.30  Welcome from the Presiding Officer

9.40 Minister or Cab Sec – keynote address

10.00 The challenge of delivering a future that is local – keynote from community sector

10.25 Lyn Ewing – Meeting the challenge, introducing community voices ….

Three short presentations – big successes in different fields of activities. (land ownership, renewables/low carbon agenda, housing /public services)

11.10 Coffee

11.30 Breakout sessions (suggested themed debates and discussion)

Community led regeneration

Local democracy

Public asset transfer

Land Reform

The future of public services – the future is local

Local energy – a low carbon future

1.00 Lunch

1.45 Question time

Panel (not confirmed) : Derek MacKay MSP, Lesley Riddoch, Jackie Killeen, Gerry Hassan, Andy Wightman

3.00 Close